Thursday, October 22nd
6 - 8:30 pm: Trouble the Water Screening and Discussion
In the Film Screening Classroom, 156 Healey Family Student Center
8:30 - 9:30 pm: Opening Night Reception
In Riggs Library, Healey Hall
Friday, October 23rd
9 am: Breakfast
9:15 am: Opening remarks from Jo Ann Moran Cruz
9:30 - 11 am: Media and Memory Panel
11:15 am - 12:45 pm: Cultural History Panel
All in the Social Room, Healey Family Student Center
12:45 - 1:15 pm: Lunch Break
1:15 - 2:30 pm: Musical Guest Donald Harrison Jr.
In McNeir Hall, McNeir Auditorium
3 - 4:30 pm: Justice and Action Panel
4:30 pm: Closing Remarks from Soyica Colbert
In the Social Room, Healey Family Student Center
All events are taking place at Georgetown University
Media and Memory Panel
The ways in which Katrina has been mediated present problems for memory. 99.9% of Americans (and viewers around the world) experienced Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans as a media event. Television news contributed to national, collective memory, in many ways defining how Katrina was experienced, understood, and remembered. But, television news represented Katrina according to its own conventions and conditions of production, reducing community voices and stoking elite panic. In contrast, documentary film and digital media collected the voices and memories of community members, documenting the lived experience of the storm and flood. Documentary media offers a counter-history of Katrina and contests dominant, national memory.
Our panel will feature a conversation between filmmakers Dawn Logsdon and Lolis Elie (Faubourg Treme, 2009), Leo Chiang (A Village Called Versailles, 2009), and Luisa Dantas (Land of Opportunity, 2011-present), moderated by Bernie Cook, Director of Film and Media Studies at Georgetown. Together, we will consider how documentary media has shaped how Katrina and the flooding of New Orleans have been understood and remembered over the last ten years, and the consequences of these memories and understandings for the future of the City and the nation.
Cultural History Panel
Before Katrina flooded New Orleans, the city was drenched in history. That history shaped Katrina’s impact, and in return, Katrina threatened to wash away the city’s history. Yet New Orleans’ historic culture – and its culture of history – has proven tenacious and vital to the city’s recovery, incomplete as that recovery has been. Moreover, history remains as contested as ever; it is a cultural battlefront for rival conceptions of the city. How will the history of New Orleans be written after Katrina? Who will write it, and for whom? This panel will reflect on the ongoing struggle to understand Katrina in historical perspective, document Katrina as a historical event, and sustain the cultural history of New Orleans after Katrina.
Moderator: Adam Rothman is Associate Professor of History at Georgetown University. He is the author of Beyond Freedom’s Reach: A Kidnapping in the Twilight of Slavery.
Cherice Harrison-Nelson is Big Queen of the Guardians of the Flame Mardi Gras Indians, and co-founder of the Mardi Gras Indians Hall of Fame.
Lynnell Thomas is Associate Professor and the Chair of the American Studies Department at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the author of Desire and Disaster in New Orleans: Tourism, Race, and Historical Memory.
Kim Vaz-Deville is Professor of Education and the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. She is the author of The Baby Dolls: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition.
Justice and Action Panel
It has been said that Hurricane Katrina was both a natural and a manmade disaster. Indeed, the impacts of the storm exposed for public scrutiny a myriad of issues that impinge upon the fundamental workings of American society: gross inequality, deep-seated racism, the erosion of public infrastructure, media stereotyping, police profiling, and the pervasiveness of structural violence. These core issues of social justice often seem intractable, and yet in the decade since the Flood there have been many examples of movements, community organizing, and legal challenges that have sought – at times successfully – not only to illuminate these issues but also to remediate and redress them. This panel will highlight both the contestations and constructive alternatives that have defined the search for social and environmental justice in the decade since Hurricane Katrina – with implications not only for New Orleans but for social movements everywhere, as contemporary struggles are engaged by impacted communities.
Facilitator: Randall Amster, J.D., Ph.D., is Director of the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University, and is the author of books including Peace Ecology (2014). Informed by experiences in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he has written on subjects such as solidarity-based movements, ‘internal displacement’, homelessness, militarization, and the impacts of climate change. MORE
Jordan Flaherty is an award-winning journalist, producer, and author. He has appeared as a guest on a wide range of television and radio shows, including CNN Morning, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN Headline News, the Alan Colmes Show on Fox, and News and Notes on NPR. His most recent book is Floodlines: Community and Resistance From Katrina to the Jena Six. MORE
Tamara Jackson is a powerful force in the cultural and social justice spheres of New Orleans. As President of the Social Aid and Pleasure Club Task Force, Tamara has achieved reforms on behalf of all local parading social aid and pleasure clubs. She is the Executive Director of Silence Is Violence, a campaign for peace in New Orleans, founded following the murders of musician Dinerral Shavers and filmmaker Helen Hill. MORE
Brentin Mock is a journalist who writes for The Atlantic's Citylab.com. Mock currently lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Thena Robinson-Mock, a civil rights attorney and has a 12-year-old son named Justice Mock. Before joining Citylab this year, he was the justice editor for the environmental news site Grist.org, and in 2009 he helped start the New Orleans-based investigative news non-profit The Lens. His work can be found in range of publications, including The Nation, The Atlantic, Colorlines, The Root, The American Prospect, Newsweek, Vibe, XXL.com, and plenty others.